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Leadership Stories


The following articles are some of the most inspiring published stories of public sector leadership I have found.

Courage in Crisis
Ambassador Prudence Bushnell demonstrated great courage in trying to stop the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and in leading her staff in the aftermath of the 1998 bombing of US Embassy Nairobi by Al Qaeda.

The Importance of Integrity to Leadership
Wonderful story by Ambassador Charles Ray about modeling integrity.

Who is the Best Leader You Ever Worked For?
GovLoop Forum discussion that is collecting examples of effective public leadership. Please share your stories!

Four-Star Management
General Bill Creech (1927-2003) orchestrated an extraordinary turnaround of the Tactical Air Command that ultimately swept through the rest of the Air Force and many other parts of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Grassroots Leadership
Inspirational FastCompany article about Mike Abrashoff, the former Captain of the USS Benfold, who unleashed the talents of his crew and--consequently--transformed Benfold into the best ship in the Pacific Fleet. The video below features Abrashoff himself telling part of his story.

Discussion Forum

Guarding Against Cynicism

Started by Don Jacobson. Last reply by Don Jacobson Apr 2. 2 Replies

Getting things done in government is hard.  Really hard.  Funding gets canceled.  Executives do not welcome new ideas from subordinates.  Outdated legislation limits policy innovation.  It’s…Continue

Re-Launch of

Started by Don Jacobson. Last reply by Don Jacobson Feb 17. 7 Replies

Esteemed GovLeaders Group Members:I'm pleased to report that I have just completed a massive renovation of the web site. …Continue

What is Your Favorite Leadership Story?

Started by Don Jacobson Feb 12. 0 Replies

Stories are a wonderfully memorable way to learn lessons of leadership.  I actually find them kind of addictive.Some of my all-time favorites are:…Continue

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Comment by Don Jacobson on March 19, 2014 at 10:26am

You might all be interested in the following blog post: Employee Engagement is Not an HR Function, as my argument is that employee engagement is entirely about leadership

Comment by Don Jacobson on March 12, 2014 at 5:19pm

You all might be interested in this posting about the White House making employee engagement a priority goal.

Comment by Don Jacobson on March 5, 2014 at 11:45am

Just posted a new article, "Delegation and Time Management: Why Managers Must Learn to Delegate...."  I hope you find it useful!

Comment by Henry Brown on September 18, 2013 at 7:53am

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest/value to some!

Title:Tim O'Reilly explains the mistakes he made and the lessons he learned

Comment by Henry Brown on July 20, 2013 at 11:10am

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest to some!

(caution some of the language maybe NSFW)

Title: Technical Management

Comment by David B. Grinberg on June 17, 2013 at 6:29pm


Do you BYOD? Check out latest discussion:

Current State of BYOD: Infographic & Qs

Comment by Joshua Ladick on June 13, 2013 at 10:07am

The State of the Federal Market

It is as good a time as ever to evaluate the federal environment and draw some conclusions on the effects of the sequester. Many other factors come into play when considering the Federal Market from the perspective of a Government Contractor.

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Comment by Steve Cottle on December 12, 2012 at 12:00pm

I really love David's advice for showing how "put together" you are and impressing in meetings. Seems like a great idea for up-and-comers:

Comment by Henry Brown on December 10, 2012 at 7:00am

have posted a discussion which could have some interest/value to some:

Title: Questions To Ask People We Want to Mentor

Although the discussion is looking for Mentoring answers, would offer that  good mentoring skills are definitly required for good leaders


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